4 Ways to Check Your Blog’s Health
August 28, 2007
You work hard on writing new content for your blog, you reply to all your comments, you link out to other bloggers, you are always perfecting your design, and you try your hardest to get each post into the search engines. That’s fantastic and what makes a great blogger, so keep it up! But one other important thing is to know how healthy your blog is. This might sound silly, but it’s true!
You need to check your SEO, meta tags, PageRank, social bookmarking stats, who you’re linking out to (not all sites are reputable), feed information, backlinks, website structure, and much more. All of this (and many other things) are important to maintain a healthy blog. If you want to improve your blog’s overall health, first you must learn where you stand.
1. Meta Tag Analysis – Having a good title, description, and keywords is extremely important for your SEO. Using this quick tool, you can make sure the sizes of all your meta information is right for the search engines. If you use WordPress, get the All in One SEO plugin to fix your meta tags. I highly recommend using it.
2. Link Checker Tool – Now we move onto this link checker tool, which is very important. It checks all the sites you are linking to and makes sure they are decent. If you link out to too many spammy, untrusted websites, Google will deem YOU as untrusted, too! And that is very, very bad. So use this tool to make sure everyone you’re linking to is reputable.
3. Xinu Site Diagnosis – I love this one. It gives you so much important information. You get your site’s screenshot, an analysis of the URL, meta tags, HTML, and more, your domain information, your PageRank, and rankings for Technorati, Alexa, and DMOZ, your syndication and social bookmarking info, your indexed pages in search engines, backlinks, and validation. This all sounds like it would take forever to load, but it comes up instantly!
4. Website Grader – This one takes a minute or two to load but is completely worth it. It gives you your website grade, PageRank, Alexa and Technorati rankings, inbound links, indexed pages, your web page structure, domain information, some info on your coding, the summary of your images, last Google crawl date, readability level, how you rank for your keywords, and it even lets you compare all these aspects with another competing website! Basically this one is a measure of SEO and is very helpful.
The four tools I just told you about check your blog’s health and help you improve it. You should recheck all four of them every and now and then to maintain a healthy site, so consider bookmarking or saving this post for future reference. I hope these are helpful, and please do share any other sites that check your blog’s health that you know about. :)
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